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Reference Resources for Sociolinguistics

Sociolinguistics is the study of the relationship between language and society. Sociolinguists may investigate linguistic variation correlated with social categories, style, or attitudes; the use of language in interaction to affirm the relative status of participants, norms of interaction and audience, or the social construction of self; the development of languages in contact; or the efforts of society to regulate linguistic choice through education or language policy and planning. (From the entry for Sociolinguistics by Gerard Van Herk in the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed.)

New Books on Sociolinguistics at UBC Library

Library Subject Headings

UBC Library, like most academic libraries, uses Library of Congress Subject Headings. Books on Sociolinguistics can be found in the UBC Library catalogue under these Subject Headings:

Sociolinguistics: Key Journals

Journal of Sociolinguistics cover page

The Journal of Sociolinguistics is an international forum for leading research on language and society. It is open to both established and innovative approaches to sociolinguistic research. The Journal promotes the building and critique of sociolinguistic theory and encourages the application of social theory to linguistic issues. Language is regarded as not only a reflection of society, but as itself constituting much of the character of social life.

International Journal of the Sociology of Language cover page

The International Journal of the Sociology of Language (IJSL) is dedicated to the development of the sociology of language as a truly international and interdisciplinary field in which various approaches – theoretical and empirical – supplement and complement each other, contributing thereby to the growth of language-related knowledge, applications, values and sensitivities.

Language in Society is an international journal of sociolinguistics concerned with language and discourse as aspects of social life. The journal publishes empirical articles of general theoretical, comparative or methodological interest to students and scholars in sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology and related fields. Language in Society aims to strengthen international scholarship and interdisciplinary conversation and cooperation among researchers interested in language and society.

Discourse & Society

Discourse & Society is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal whose major aim is to publish outstanding research at the boundaries of discourse analysis and the social sciences. It focuses on explicit theory formation and analysis of the relationships between the structures of text, talk, language use, verbal interaction or communication, on the one hand, and societal, political or cultural micro- and macrostructures and cognitive social representations, on the other hand.

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